Opinion: The four mistakes Pochettino made today against Sheffield United

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have now dropped points in three consecutive Premier League matches from winning positions, against Liverpool (2-1), Everton (1-1), and Sheffield United (1-1).

While many fans would have been pleased with Pochettino’s team selection this weekend, starting Ndombele and Lo Celso in the same match, there are still mistakes to be analysed.

Let’s take a look at the four errors the Argentine made this afternoon:

Not dropping Aurier –

He simply has to go. He is consistently poor each week, both in defensive and attacking positions. He hurts whoever is playing at right centre-back and right-wing as they are forced to cover him all game too. Juan Foyth is by far the better option for me.

Not taking Kane off –

Harry looked shattered today in the second half, probably something to do with the illness he had last weekend. After a trip to Serbia in midweek, Kane should have either started and come off early or been subbed on from the bench.

Not putting Moura on earlier –

Moura looked sharp after coming on and we all know how much of an impact he can make off the bench. However, Pochettino gave him just five minutes or normal time to find a goal. He should have come on for Kane at the 60-minute mark.

Not starting with five at the back –

Spurs looked at their best in the final ten minutes when Pochettino switched to a back five to mirror Sheffield. This closed the gaps that the newly-promoted side had been finding and allowed Spurs to push them back. Perhaps he should have started with three central defenders and two wing-backs.


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